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Proverbs 24

King James Version
1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellers there is safety.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;
20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.
27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.
29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.
33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.1

Verse 2.   Destruction - How they may oppress and destroy others.
Verse 3.   Through wisdom - There is no need that thou shouldest raise thy family by ruining others, which thou mayest more effectually do by wisdom.
Verse 4.   By knowledge - Which in scripture phrase includes the love and practice of what we know.
Verse 5.   Is strong - Is courageous and resolute, and able by wisdom to do greater things than others can accomplish by strength.
Verse 6.   Thy war - War is better managed by wisdom than by strength.
Verse 7.   A fool - For a wicked man, whose sins enfeeble his mind, and make it incapable of wisdom. Openeth not - He knows not how to speak acceptably, and profitably in the publick assembly.
Verse 8.   Shall be called - Though he cover his wicked devices with fair pretenses, he shall be branded with that infamy which is due to him.
Verse 9.   The thought - The very inward thought or contrivance of evil, is a sin in God's sight.
Verse 11.   Deliver - When it is in thy power. Drawn - By the violence of lawless men.
Verse 12.   Consider - That this is only a frivolous excuse.
Verse 13.   Eat - This is not a command, but a concession, and is only here expressed to illustrate the following verse. Honey in those parts was an usual food.
Verse 14.   A reward - It is not only sweet for the present, but brings a sure and everlasting reward.
Verse 16.   Falleth - Into calamities, of which he evidently speaks both in the foregoing verse, and in the following branch of this verse. Fall - Frequently into irrecoverable destruction.
Verse 17.   Falleth - Into mischief.
Verse 18.   From him - Understand, upon thee, which is implied in the Hebrew phrase.
Verse 20.   No reward - All his happiness shall quickly and eternally perish. The candle - All their comfort and glory shall cease.
Verse 21.   To change - That are unstable in their obedience to God or to the king.
Verse 22.   Who knoweth - Who can conceive how sore and sudden will be the ruin of them that fear not God, and the king.
Verse 23.   These - The counsels following, to the end of the chapter, no less than those hitherto mentioned, are worthy of their consideration.
Verse 25.   Rebuke - That publickly and judicially rebuke and condemn the wicked. Delight - The peace of a good conscience.
Verse 26.   Shall kiss - Shall respect him. A right answer - That speaks pertinently and plainly, and truly.
Verse 32.   Received - I learned wisdom by his folly.

References and notes
1.  King James Authorized Version
2.  Proverbs Summary An Outline Study by Fred G. Zaspel -
3.  John Wesley's Notes on the Bible -
4.  The Adam Clarke Commentary -




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Division of Proverbs 24

Do not be envious.
Of the house wisely built.
Counsel necessary in war.
Save life when thou canst.
Of honey and the honey-comb.
Of the just that falleth seven times.
We should not rejoice at the misfortune of others.
Ruin of the wicked.
Fear God and the king.
Prepare thy work.
The field of the sluggard, and the vineyard of the foolish, described.4


Definitions of a Proverb

Definitions of a Proverb
a. Hebrew: masal, root = "parallel, similar"; hence, "a description by comparison"
b. Popular Definitions
1) Illustrations which expose fundamental realities of life.
2) Distilled Wisdom
3) Compressed Experience
4) Great truths expressed in few words in such a way as to hold attention
5) Models held up to teach certain things about life.2



Purpose of a Proverb

Purpose of a Proverb
a. To teach -- not to argue or debate
b. To provoke thought
1) By vivid pictures (Prov. 11:22)
2) By sharp brevity--hitting the mark before the reader has a chance to raise his defenses (Prov. 18:13)
3) By an annoying refusal to explain themselves--requiring careful meditation and reflection



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